Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Variety of blogposts that found no better category :( At least they found their home at the ‘Miscellaneous’ category and so far, these blogposts haven’t been complaining yet.


Often, we have plenty of things or our agenda to work on during a business day. This can range from networking drinks, to important meetings, workshops, one-on-one meetings with your manager, … and in the meantime, work should be done as well of course. However, from my own personal experience, I noticed that these ‘events’ became more important than doing actual work. I had to find a way to increase my productivity. After aligning with Renaud Careme, experienced (Agile) trainer, we created a plan of action to improve efficiency and become happier at work. I call it ‘the inverted day’ as your starting point is not the morning, but the end of your day.

Continue reading Increase productivity by inverting your day: method to work smarter

As a digital management trainee at ORMIT, I work on digital projects at BNP Paribas Fortis, Belgium’s biggest bank. This bank realises the world is changing fast and the digital revolution is a fact. As such, BNP Paribas Fortis uses the scrum framework instead of waterfall in order to quickly develop new applications. While I have not yet worked in an agile team, I did receive the chance to take the Professional Scrum Master I assessment from Here are my experiences while preparing for the test and some tips that may help you pass this test successfully. Continue reading Experiences and tips: Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) Assessement

I thought it would be fun to think back and list all of the smartphones I had in the past. Well… my first mobile phones can rather be categorised as ‘dumb’ phones (officially, they are called feature phones). Smartphones are part of everyday life now for most of us now and that’s largely due to the price-performance improvements of these devices. We are connected all the time and it’s the smartphone that is the enabler.

Continue reading My (dumb and) smartphone history

Most people set goals for a new year and… that’s it. It is just a resolution but reaching their goal seems optional. I like setting goals, but I also like to reach these goals. I was inspired by Mark Zuckerberg, who challenged himself to read a book every week of 2015.

I’m excited for my reading challenge. I’ve found reading books very intellectually fulfilling. Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today. I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books.

Continue reading Personal one-month challenge: reading a book per week

Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Continue reading Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Onlangs kocht ik een laptop in de Verenigde Staten, deze was er immers 40% goedkoper mede dankzij de euro-dollar koers. Het toestel kocht ik via eBay van een verkoper met een goede feedback score. Na de Paypal betaling krijg ik de tracking code opgestuurd van USPS, onze Belgische bPost, zeg maar. Het pakket is onderweg via de “Expedited Int’l Shipping” verzending die 79.99$ kost, nu nog enkel wachten tot het pakket aan mijn deur wordt afgeleverd, juist? Helaas loopt dit proces niet van een leien dakje en moet je zelf nog stappen ondernemen vooraleer je je pakketje in ontvangst kan nemen. Het verloop vanaf het betaling van het object tot het ontvangen van het object zou er zo moeten uitzien: Continue reading Pakket van USA naar België verzenden: de douane